They closed a lot of the trails. Back in 2004 I wrote to PA State about the issue and got the following reply:
"GM, Comments" <PGCCOMMENTS@STATE.PA.US> wrote:
State Game Lands are not intended to be multi-purpose lands. They are, by law, for hunting and trapping. Also, federal regulations would disqualify the Game Commission from receiving millions of federal dollars from the Pittman-Robertson program if we were to give a blanket permit to non-traditional uses of State Game Lands. We have, however, identified more than 1,000 miles of designated routes that can be used by mountain bikers during certain times of the year.
Here is a link to our designated routes (scroll down once you click on the link):
I asked if mountain bikers could buy a hunting permit to ride in the gamelands, and the answer was a resounding "NO!". So, I politely reminded the guy that people who spend $2000-$3000 on bicycles have lots of disposable income to spend in their towns and help out the local economy. I personally would visit the two bike stores in town out there, buy a few things and then go out to dinner there. Also, I would buy a lunch out there for when I was on the trails. In total, I would probably drop about $60-$80 a visit. And I wouldn't go alone, either, so others in my group would spend money as well. Now none of us go there.
BTW, the "more than 1,000 miles of designated routes" he mentioned in the email are all fire roads and rail trails. Really exciting stuff :sleep: Then the official suggested I ride in Hickory Run State Park -- I guess he didn't realize that there is no mountain biking allowed in that park. Oh well.
Some people say you can still ride there, but if the game wardens catch you it could be trouble. Me, I have decided that a place that treats mountain bikers like criminals doesn't deserve my money pumped into the local economy -- I'll spend it places that make an effort to friendly to mountain bikers like Kingdom Trails in VT.